£750k sports base is a step closer for Glenrothes Strollers

Strollers chairman John Buchanan said the project is now very close.

Strollers chairman John Buchanan said the project is now very close.

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The dream of a multi-functional sports complex is a step closer for a Glenrothes football club after councillors approved further funding.

Ambitious plans for a club house facility that will serve as a sports base for the whole of the town is close to becoming a reality for community sports club Glenrothes Strollers after councillors approved the final £43,000 of the £750,000 required to make the project happen.

With the clubs financial shortfall having been met, senior figures at the club are now putting the final touches to a presentation that will go before the Sportscotland charity in July.

And having already successfully negotiated the first hurdle in a two-part process, its anticipated that Sportscotland will almost certainly give the project the go-ahead with £250,000 worth of funding.

John Buchanan, club chairman, told the Gazette the backing by councillors, community groups, businesses and the people of Glenrothes, is what has made this project a near reality.

“It’s been a long and arduous process but we are now very close,” said John.

“We needed to raise ten per cent but we’ve surpassed that and with the amazing support of Fife Council and local businesses, which have completely bought into our plans, I’d be astounded if Sportscotland didn’t give us the go-ahead.”

The club will find out in late August if it has the final go-ahead and if so could have the new £750,000 facility up and running as soon as spring 2016.

“This club has 500 playing members and 50 volunteers but the new facility will mean we can achieve so much more,” added John.

“We do summer sports camps and sport related sessions for the disabled but with the current facilities being renovated cabins, it’s not always been suitable and those groups have missed out.

“A modern sports hub will benefit them and many others, we are almost there.”